Five Hometown Tourist Haunts You Need to Visit

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Even though these landmarks are right here in our backyard, there's a good chance you haven't been. You should change that. Go, visit, do, enjoy.

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Superman's House

Considering the blockbuster release of Man of Steel, it is the perfect time to visit the Glenville home of Superman co-creator Joe Shuster. Both Shuster and Jerry Seigel created the iconic superhero while attending Glenville High School in the early 1930s. That's right, Cleveland can claim the right to the birthplace of Superman. So, take a drive to the boyhood home and read the City of Cleveland plaque dedicating the home. It's Super-cool! 10622 Kimberly Ave., Glenville

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A Christmas Story House

"You'll shoot your eye out, kid" — a line that is embedded into our brain every holiday season by the infamous movie A Christmas Story. The house that Ralphie and his family called home for the shooting of the movie is, in fact, located in Tremont. Restored back to its movie days glory, you can tour the house 365 days a year. Open Thursday through Sunday, the cost is $10 for adults and $6 for kids. Everyone needs a Facebook pic of you inside this house. Check it out!

Great Lakes Brewing Company Tour

Ever wanted to be an adult Charlie and tour the Chocolate factory? For most adults, this would translate into a tour of the Great Lakes Brewing Company. Located in Ohio City, the regionally famous brewery hosts free tours Thursdays 6-8 p.m., Fridays 5-8 p.m., and Saturdays 1-8 p.m . The tours are 45 minutes long and start on the hour. You can register online at greatlakesbrewery.com to secure a date.

A Day at Lake View Cemetery

Just up the hill from Little Italy is Lake View Cemetery. An otherwise unusual tourist stop, Lake View is the final resting place to some seriously famous people. For starters, the richest man to ever walk the planet — John D. Rockefeller; famed lawman Elliot Ness; and 20th U.S. President James A. Garfield all mingle graveside with many other famous family names: Sherwin, Hanna, Morgan and Glidden. It is a very cool way to spend an afternoon and daydream of the times when Cleveland was the Manhattan of the US. 12316 Euclid Ave., Cleveland

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Get Wild at African Safari Wildlife Park

How about driving your car through the African safari? Well don't buy a ticket to Nairobi, just hop into your car and head to Port Clinton. The African Safari Wildlife Park is the most unique wildlife experience in the region. Their drive-thru safari boasts alpacas, zebras and even giraffes, to name a few. Discounts are available for a family of 6 stuffed into a vehicle for right around $50. Call 419.732.3606 for ticket info and details.

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